Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Men’s basketball team Stray Cats ran riot on the JKUAT Alumni to lift the men’s indoor basketball festival trophy with an emphatic 67-37 victory.
Their female counterparts the Lynx also outfoxed the Alumni in the finals to win the female category with a slim 31-28 victory.
The Basketball Fest which was sponsored by WANKAM Medical Centre between October 7-10, 2022 lived up to the hype with over 19 teams drawn from across various Departments bringing out the big guns to battle it out for the University’s basketball bragging rights.
Typical to big sporting extravaganzas in universities, as the competitors locked horns, drama unfolded among the fans with their sideline antics; the deejay of the day added life to the festival with slapping music.
While giving a reaction to the Basketball Festival, Director of Sports, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, said the event was organized to keep the students in shape; adding that high-energy sports keep the mind razor-sharp for academic activities.
Dr. Kamaku stated that the various in-house games which have been organized by the University serve as auditions for students who want to be incorporated into the University teams as JKUAT prepares for East African games set to be staged in Uganda.
“I want to thank WANKAM Medical Center for using this opportunity to conduct free breast cancer screening for students while also creating awareness of the illness,” said Dr. Kamaku.
Moses Waweru, who is a Fourth Year Student pursuing Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the brainchild behind the Basketball Festival said, the event was deliberately planned to give students an opportunity to showcase their talents while also using the platform to serve as a mental outlet for academic stress.
“So many students don’t have an opportunity to play competitive sports due to competition in the University team among other reasons. This tournament which happens every semester is their platform to engage,” said Mr. Waweru.
On the same breadth, the JKUAT rugby 15-aside team, commonly known as the Cougars, ran amok at home against the Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University beating them 58-3 in the newly-launched university 10-week league.
The Cougars Coach, Newton Partet lauded the boys for the perfect start of the league but cautioned them to keep their focus.
“Do not allow this win to get into your heads. Let it be a build-up to the next pool games. Be humble, and focus on the remaining games of the league,” advised the Coach.
JKUAT is pooled against Egerton, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and KCA University. Cougar’s next opponent on October 15, 2022, will be Dedan Kimathi University of Technology who lost 45-6 to Egerton University.